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Mike Rohde, creator: Designer, author of The Sketchnote Handbook & Workbook, and illustrator, living in Wisconsin.

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Friday
Jan202017

Sketchnoters' Stories - "The Visual Note Taking Handbook": Dyan Burgess

We are excited to introduce our today's Sketchnoter's Story by Dyan Burgess .


It was the winter of 2013 and I was listening to the inspiring presentations at a Professional Speaking Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Unable to keep up with the myriad of thoughts and ideas, I gave up on writing notes and started to draw pictures instead.

At the end of the session, I was surprised to find in front of me, a useful page of notes; just not the written ones I was used to.

I discovered that this more creative form of note taking was just what I needed, particularly when listening to new ideas and complex concepts.

Unaware that others were also embracing this technique, my note taking evolved gradually.

I began carrying a notebook and felt tip pen wherever I went. I paid more attention to my technique. And, more and more often, the visual notes seemed to come to life on the page.

 

Later, I did an internet search about my new-found interest and it turned out I wasn't alone in my enthusiasm for visual note taking.

At the top of my search was Mike Rohde who champions a style of note taking that he calls 'sketchnoting'. I purchased his books, and have not looked back. Mike's encouragement and mentoring of others – to share their visual note taking creations via his Sketchnote Army – has certainly helped me to improve my technique and to find my own style.

It's been a fun and rewarding journey, which I would heartily encourage you to take.

With all these wonderful SketchNotes in my Moleskines it seemed logical that my next step was to collate these into a book for easy review, by me, and to share with others. Luckily, another of my passions is Independent Publishing (wrote a book on that too – http://www.amazon.com/Bake-Business-Book-Dyan-Burgess/dp/1925406199). So with a bit of scanning – and working with the right people – my book became a reality (http://www.amazon.com/Visual-Note-Taking-Handbook/dp/1925406253/).

- Dyan Burgess


 

Compliments for the book, very interesting Dyan.

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.

- Mauro

Wednesday
Jan182017

The Sketchnote Army Podcast: GIRL POWER Season 3, Episode 2: Emily Carlton

Emily Carlton

Emily Carlton keeps GIRL POWER Season 3 rolling! She’s an independent illustrator, sketchnoter, and designer. Emily and I talk about her background as a designer, illustrator, and sketchnoter, and her jump to independent work.

We also talk about her Drawing and Donuts event organizing, favorite tools and her 3 tips for sketchnoters. Listen in!

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Listen to Season 3, Episode 2 of the podcast on SoundCloud:

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Show notes

EMILY’S 3 TIPS

  1. Recognizable over perfect! Don’t be discouraged if you can’t draw it perfectly, because a recognizable image works just fine.
  2. Practice over and over and over! Progress comes in small increments!
  3. Invest in a good book light! Cover yourself in dark situations.

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Monday
Jan162017

Sketchnoted Presentation for The Physics Show - Katharina Theis-Bröhl

Today we feature an interesting story by our friend Katharina Theis-Bröhl


A big event at my University is the Physics Show which I organize with the help of students and technicians. Not only is it a special event for my students but also for people outside the university community.
For this event I developed a PowerPoint presentation using nice images found on the web to help explain the experiments shown. This year, however, I was not happy with this standard presentation. Despite the fact that the slides explained the experiments in simple and descriptive ways, I felt that it was just one of my regular "great presentations". So, I started redoing each slide using hand-drawn, sketchnote-like images (and even added some new experiments).

Once completed, I felt that my new slides could be called a really special PowerPoint presentation.

Unfortunately, I still was not completely happy with it. The concept of individual slides just did not fit with what I had learned about sketchnotes. So I thought to myself, "what should I do?"

First, I combined all of my single slides into one sketchnote. Since I use the Procreate app on my iPad Pro, this was not that big of a deal. There are features in the app that make it possible to hide certain layers of the artwork and copy other layers into a new file. With the help of the Zoom feature, I could arrange my sketchnotes the way that I wanted them to be. Finally, I added arrows and dividers to help with the flow of information, which resulted in a single sketchnote (Figure 1).

Figure 1

Instead of using PowerPoint for the presentation, I used a great app called Tawe. With Tawe, the presenter can define areas of an image, called snapshots, that act as the slides for the presentation. In my opinion, this creates a much more agile presentation rather than just skipping through individual slides.

As can be seen in the second image (Figure 2), I put together a sample of the snapshots for the presentation to simulate how it would work as slides in a presentation. Sadly, what cannot be shown in a static image is the movement from one snapshot to the next. This is an important part of the presentation that really makes it come to life! I was finally happy with my presentation.

Figure 2

The Physics Show went very well and not only did people like our experiments but they also liked my sketchnote presentation. A television station was in attendance at the show and broadcasted a very nice report about the show which can be found here:

http://www.sat1regional.de/videos/article/weihnachts-physik-show-beeindruckt-zuschauer-in-bremerhaven-221805.html.

-  Katharina Theis-Bröhl


I love how sketchnote blend with science!

Thank yo so much for sharing this interesting story with us Katharina!

- Mauro

Tuesday
Jan102017

The Sketchnote Army Podcast: GIRL POWER Season 3, Episode 1: Sunni Brown

Sunni Brown

Sunni Brown leads off GIRL POWER Season 3 of the Sketchnote Army Podcast, celebrating women in visual thinking.

Trained as a graphic recorder at The Grove by visual thinking Jedi master David Sibbet, Sunni has found her own path to incorporating game design, design thinking, and improv into her visual thinking practice, to create fully immersive services for her clients.

Listen as Sunni and I talk about her path to where she is now, the impact and importance of community, empathy, and more.

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SPONSORED BY

The Sketchnote Army Clothing Collection! A variety of t-shirts and sweatshirts available for sale at Teespring that support Sketchnote Army and look fashionable at the same time! http://sketchnotearmy.com/t-shirts

Listen to Season 3, Episode 1 of the podcast on SoundCloud:

iTunes

Subscribe on iTunes:

You can subscribe to the podcast through iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sketchnote-army-podcast/id1111996778

Show notes

SUNNI'S 3 TIPS
  1. Not needing permission. Whatever you make is going to be OK, so go ahead and do it!
  2. Practice the visual alphabet, build a visual library. Best kept secret! It’s not cheating to use reference images and icons.
  3. Peer collaborators. Share and play with community.

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Tuesday
Jan102017

Happy World Sketchnote Day 2017!!!

Dear Sketchnoters,
welcome to the #SNDay2017!

This year a lot of friends have organized a series of events around the world to celebrate this event.

Here is a quick recap:

World Sketchnote Day 2017 with Sketchnote Hangout and Dr Makayla Lewis

Meet up on Visual Thinking in Frankfurt, Germany

Visual Notetaking Made Easy - Cardiff, United Kingdom

Empathy and ways we can show empathy - London, Ontario

Sketchnote with Lorraine Kasyan - Buncombe County, NC

Sketchnoting science at EMBL-EBI with Dr. Jenny Cham - Cambridge, UK

Mind's Eye Creative Giveaway 

Collaborative Sketchnote entitled "Who Am I at BISP?" - Phuket, Thailand

Meetup at the daWanda Snuggery - Berlin, Germany

Visual Note Taking workshop - Richmond, Virginia

WorkVisual App #SNDay2017 Challenge and Giveaway!!!

And finally a fun suggestion to celebrate this day:

Are you ready for #SNDay2017 Coffee Guerrilla?

There are lots of things going on and happening aroung the globe. To make easy to follow the day and don't miss anything we will LiveBlog along the day gathering everything we can track here:

World Sketchnote Day 2017 - #SNDay2017 - LIVE BLOGGING

We hope you'll enjoy the day and have fun!

Don't forget to share your love for sketchnote with the hashtag: #SNDay2017 !

Mike and Mauro